Awford praises loanee impact

Danny Hollands, centre. Picture: Joe Pepler
Danny Hollands, centre. Picture: Joe Pepler

It has been integration within the club and invention on the pitch.

For Andy Awford, Danny Hollands warrants the plaudits for his all-round Pompey impact in his remarkable south coast stint.

The midfielder netted five goals in seven matches during his loan spell from Charlton – helping inspire the Blues to Football League safety.

Talks are now under way over keeping him at Fratton Park, with his Addicks deal expiring this summer.

That situation will obviously be dictated by finances. Nonetheless, management, players and fans are all eager for Hollands to remain.

And for Awford, the 28-year-old’s ability to bond with the squad has been just as crucial as his performances.

‘Danny has hit the ground running for us and that is testament to the group,’ said Awford.

‘There is a group mentality but they have welcomed him in.

‘When you come on loan, it can take a few games to settle in.

‘But with his performances, he has gained the respect of everyone straight away.

‘He has got the quality on the ball but works hard and is fully prepared to put his foot in as well.

‘He’s been a big part of the group that have done what they have done over those seven games.

‘He has come in and made a massive difference and a huge impact for us.

‘We thank him and we thank Charlton.’

Based in Fontwell, Hollands has also voiced an interest in remaining.

Now a deal must be thrashed out.

Awford added: ‘Of course we want to sign Danny. He came on loan, it was until the end of the season to help us stay in the Football League, which we’ve done.

‘Now we will see where it goes.’